Today’s recipe isn’t one I dreamt up, but it’s dreamy for sure. Amy Chaplin’s gorgeous book, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well, has been a favorite of mine for years now, and this recipe was one of the first ones I made from it. And now that we’re finally getting some real fall weather and I woke up to 40-degree temps outside, warm, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread just seems fitting.

If you can find the time to make granola at home, you totally should. Really. Store-bought granola is delicious and convenient, but the companies producing your favorite yogurt toppings are making a killing selling a combination of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Granola is so easy to make (you don’t even need a recipe, really!) and the combinations are endless, so don’t be afraid to get in there and experiment! This particular granola recipe was inspired by a pitaya bowl I had in Nashville recently. This bowl was topped with a deliciously light and crispy granola that was unlike other granolas I’ve crafted in the past, and I knew I had to… View Post

The busier life has gotten, the more I’ve come to value meals that are 1) quick to prepare, 2) can be made in advance, or 3) can be taken on the go. These tasty Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Bars fit the bill! Think of them as handheld oatmeal – soft and chewy with juicy baked fruit. They taste the best warm from the oven, but they’re also delicious at room temperature and can be reheated in the oven or microwave if you prefer. 

Happy Monday, everybody! If you live in the Midwest like me, it’s time to brace yourselves for a hot week ahead. You thought last week’s humid 90+F was hot? The 10-day forecast is predicting 3 days above 100F this week, so crank that AC and break out your popsicle molds.  These Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bars are a real treat for when the weather is steamy. It’s essentially a frozen parfait on a stick, allowing you a quick and easy way to break the fast and cool down while doing it. For other cold and refreshing recipes, check out my Frosty Caramel Coffee, Rhubarb-Mint Granita, and Creamy Green Smoothie, to name a few. If you make… View Post

There’s something about a sweet, frozen coffee drink on a hot day, and since the 10-day forecast in St. Louis is predicting highs in the upper 90s, I’m bracing with extra icy beverages.   As tasty as caramel is, there’s no true caramel in this recipe. This delicious frozen coffee drink is sweetened with deglet noor dates, which impart a rich, caramel-y flavor. When making this recipe, I prefer to initially blend all the ingredients except the ice to ensure that the dates get completely blended into the liquid, then blend in the ice at the end. If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, feel free to throw everything in together and blend… View Post